BCCI against ICC regulation to seek approval for conducting domestic tournaments: Report

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly opposed the regulations proposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) requiring member boards to seek its approval before conducting domestic tournaments.

“The regulations put forward by the ICC suggest that all boards have to get a sanction for conducting their domestic tournaments — be it the IPL, Big Bash, the upcoming The Hundred or even the other domestic tournaments like the Ranji Trophy and other premier domestic tournaments. BCCI feels that ICC should have very little role in conducting domestic tournaments,” a BCCI official told The Times of India.

The idea behind the move is to check the sprouting of various cricket leagues around the world. “It’s true that there needs to be a check on the proliferating leagues but that doesn’t mean a board like BCCI will have to go through ICC to conduct its own domestic tournaments. ICC can do it with the associate members but 10 full members adhere to the basic standards. ECB and CA are also of the same opinion,” the BCCI official further added.

The report also claims that the ICC plans to limit the number of T20 leagues an international cricketer can play which is not conducted by his home board.

This regulation, BCCI source further claims, hasn’t found acceptance from financially strong boards including England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA). “It is felt that that capping of an international player would mean active players from countries which don’t offer strong contracts like BCCI, CA and ECB, would retire from international cricket. For example, an Andre Russell would not want to miss out on making money just to play for West Indies as the WICB won’t even come close to compensating him financially through its central contract,” the official said.

However, ICC sources, quoted by the daily, say that ‘nothing has been decided yet’